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Tab Hamilton and the Mountaineers take on SoCon rival Davidson on Saturday.
Courtesy: David Scearce
Mountaineers Head to Davidson for SoCon Showdown
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Friday 01/10/2014 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men's basketball hits the road when it travels to Southern Conference rival Davidson for a 7 p.m. contest on Saturday at Belk Arena.

The Mountaineers (4-11, 0-2 SoCon) are looking to pick up their first league win while the Wildcats (6-10, 2-0) hope to push their winning streak against league rivals to 20-straight games.

Saturday's game marks the final regular-season meeting between the two longtime foes as members of the SoCon. Appalachian will head to the Sun Belt Conference next season while Davidson is set to join the Atlantic 10 in 2014-15.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
• Davidson enters Saturday’s game with a record of 6-10, including a 2-0 mark in SoCon play.
• The defending league regular-season and tournament champions struggle in the early part of the season , dropping five of its first six games.
• The Wildcats found their footing on Nov. 30 win a win over Stetson that began a three-game winning streak.
• Part of Davidson’s early-season struggles can be attributed to the fact that its top player, De’Mon Brooks, missed six games with an injury.
• The two-time first team all-SoCon selection, and 2011-12 Player of the Year, is averaging 16.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game this season.
• He is joined by three other players who average in double figures. Brian Sullivan (12.8 ppg), Tom Droney (11.8) and Tyler Kalinoski (10.7) round out the quartet of top scorers.
• The Wildcats have faced stiff competition this season, having faced nationally-ranked squads in Duke, North Carolina and Wichita State.
• Davidson has blitzed through its first two league games, picking up wins over Wofford (78-63) and Furman (73-56)
• The Wildcats are just 1-3 at home this season and the Mountaineers have won three of the last five meetings at Belk Arena.

SERIES HISTORY
• Appalachian State is 32-41 all-time against Davidson and has dropped four-straight in the series.
• Last year, the Mountaineers nearly pulled off a massive upset against the top-seeded Wildcats in the semifinals of the SoCon Tournament, but Nathan Healy’s last-gasp three pointer rocked off the back iron.
• Despite Davidson’s recent success in the series, the Mountaineers have found success at Belk Arena.
• Appalachian has won three of the past five meetings at Davidson.
• Both teams are meeting each other for the final time as Southern Conference members.
• Appalachian is headed to the Sun Belt next year while Davidson is leaving to join the Atlantic 10.
• The two schools have combined for 24 Southern Conference titles and 1,236 wins since both teams joined the league in the early 1970’s.
• The Wildcats opened the all-time series with six-straight wins, while Appalachian’s best winning streak in the series was seven from 1975-79.

OBACHA'S CHARITY
• While his presence on the court has certainly made a big impact, Michael Obacha hopes to make an even bigger difference in his home country of Nigeria.
• This fall, Obacha made the decision to begin collecting athletic shoes to take back to his homeland this summer in an effort to aid those in need in Nigeria.
• Appalachian State athletics has announced that for every pair of shoes that fans bring to donate at all remaining home games, fans will receive a pair of tickets to that day’s game.
• Obacha will be teaming up with former Davidson basketball star Andrew Lovedale, also a native of Nigeria, and the Access 2 Success charitable foundation that Lovedale started during his time as a student-athlete.
• To date, the Michael Obacha Shoe Drive has raised $425 and collected over 50 pairs of shoes to send to Nigeria. Additional information can be found HERE.

LOOKING AHEAD
• Appalachian plays host to Chattanooga (Jan. 16) and Georgia Southern (Jan. 18) before closing out the first month of league play at The Citadel (Jan. 23) and UNCG (Jan. 30).
• The Mountaineers play seven of their next 10 games at home.
• Appalachian plays just three home games in January but will have five in February.



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